Adult Class: My student’s trip to Australia

Two of my students recently went to Australia.

This is the English diary one of them kept:

A trip to Australia

I went to Australia with my friend. I went to see my daughter. Her English skill has levelled up.

Day 1

We went to Sydney circular key. We were moved when we saw the Sydney opera house and the Sydney harbour bridge. It’s amazing!!!

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Day 2

We enjoyed shopping. We went to Pitt Street Mall and The Strand Arcade. There were a lot of buildings there.

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Day 3

We flew early in the morning to Brisbane. We met my daughter there. We went to my teacher’s family house by bus. It’s a beautiful house.

That night we went to eat street. It’s an open air food market. You can try lots of food there. We went there by ferry.

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Day 4

We went to lone pine koala sanctuary by bus. I hugged a koala and fed a kangaroo. There were so cute.

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At night we met my daughter’s host family. We had dinner and then went to a bar.

Day 5

We went to the Gold Coast. It’s so amazing. It’s an infinitely long beach.

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That night we enjoyed the night markets and saw a moon road on the water.

Day 6

My daughter went to school. We went to the airport to leave our baggage in a locker. My baggage was so heavy at 27 kilograms! We returned to the city to have meet my daughter for the last time in this holiday. After that we said goodbye at central station.

My friend helped a lot in this trip. She can speak English. I want to speak English more!

High School Sample Lesson: Singer Gap Fill with Shakira

Do you know Shakira? She was born in Columbia. Her father was Lebanese so she grew up with Latin and Arabic music. She wrote her first song at the age of 8. She’s made lots of hit albums. Let’s try a gap fill using one of her songs.

This song is called Rules. It was on her first English language album. It’s a little old now. Play the video and try to fill in the gaps. You can slow the music down too.

“Rules” Lyrics


You ______ to swear
You’ve got _____ to love me
Aah aah
That ____ last forever
Aah aah
We ________ have a story
Aah aah
With a _______ ending

Aah, so ______ ever go away
And _____ put aside
The things I’m _______ say
Cause these are _______ for us

Use your ______
Only to _____ at me
Use your ______
Only to ______ my lips
We are branches of the same old _____
You can ______
Only if you laugh with ______
You can ______
______ if you cry for me
Don’t _______ that you’re condemned to me

Oh, can’t you _______?
You always _____
You’ll always be

You used to ______
I should see a _______
Aah aah
______ would keep me busy
Aah aah
Cause a jealous _______
______ makes it easy

Aah aah,
And you ______ I’ll do for us
Whatever seems _______
_____ it may take awhile
Before I change the ______

_____ your eyes
Only to look at ____
_____ your mouth
Only to kiss my ______
_____ are branches of the same old tree
_____ can laugh
Only if ______ laugh with me
_____ can cry
Only if _____ cry for me
Don’t forget that you’re condemned to me

Oh, can’t you see?
You always were
You’ll always were…
Aah, aah, aah…

Use _______ eyes
Only to look at ______
Use ______ mouth
Only to kiss _____ lips
We are branches of the same old tree
You _____ laugh
______ if you laugh with me
You ______ cry
______ if you cry for me
Don’t forget that you’re condemned to me

Oh, can’t you see?
You always were
You’ll always be
Aah, aah…

Now that you’ve tried that what do you think the song is about?

I’ll give you a hint.

The song is song by a woman to her partner. What is she saying to her partner?

Languages, Nationality and Countries

Do you know the following countries?

Can you recognise the flag without reading the country name?

What do we call people from these countries?

Nationality means where someone or something is from.

I am from Australia, I am Australian.

Toyota is from Japan. It is Japanese.

Look below each flag to learn what we call people and things from each country

When we talk about languages spoken it is sometimes the same word as nationality.

For example:

They speak Japanese in Japan. (the language is from Japan, so it is Japanese.)

What about other countries? Do you know what languages the above countries speak?

What language do Brazilians and Mexicans speak?

If you said Spanish you would be half correct.

Spanish is spoken in Mexico, but there are some differences. So people often call it Mexican Spanish.

What about Brazil?

They speak Portuguese.

But wait, what country is Portuguese from?


Do you recognise the flag on the left?

That’s half of the Portuguese flag. It’s from the country Portugal.

What is the main language spoken in Australia, the US and the UK?

Did you say English? I hope you did.

Why is English called English?

Why isn’t it called British?

Why isn’t it called American or Australian?

The language English comes from the country England which is a part of the United Kingdom. British refers to anyone from the four kingdoms of the UK: Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland.

The term English also refers to people and things from England.

For example

The English soccer team.

Why do so many countries around the world have English as their national language?


Are you studying any languages? Why are you studying them? How are you learning it?

Using the present continuous

I am taking a class at the moment.

Present continuous is used to talk about what you are doing now.

We form it by using the present form of the be verb with the ing version of the verb.

For example:

I am using a computer now.

All the rules for using be verb apply:

You are reading.

He is driving a car.

English sense of now does not necessarily mean right now. It can be something that you started earlier this week and will finish later in the week.

for example:

I am reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

I’m not reading it right now but it is something I started reading earlier this week and will finish today or tomorrow. This is still considered something I am doing now.

Compare to:

I read fantasy novels.

This is the simple present. It means something I do regularly. In this case I regularly read novels in the fantasy genre.

You can use both simple present and present continuous to mean something similar.

For example:

I am taking English classes.

I take English classes.

These sentences are almost the same in meaning. The first one however suggests that it is something you recently started.

Another example:

I am living in Mexico.

I live in Mexico.

These mean almost the same thing. Either one can be used. As in the above example the first one may suggest that you recently moved to Mexico. Another possible difference is when you are talking to a friend who doesn’t know you moved to Mexico and you are giving them new information about what you are doing.

Adult Wednesday Class Week 3 August 2018

Adult Wednesday Class Week 3 August 2018

Vocabulary review

go to college / university

live at home – this phrase usually means living with your parents

write a paper – this phrase means writing a report, essay, article usually for academic purposes

take a class – this means a specific subject that you are studying either at a university or in a learning institution.

Listen to the following and answer the questions in Stretch 2 unit 3 1C and 1D

Listen again and write down the questions asked in the conversation.

Ask the questions to a partner.

Wednesday Adult Class Week 4 July 2018

Today’s topic was the perks companies offer their employees.

First we discussed what is the work-life of a typical Japanese company?

Here is what we had:


difficult to read?

Here is what we said:

What is the work-life of a typical Japanese company?
insert timecard have a morning meeting write documents do radio exercises
check the post turn on the compuater greet people eat lunch
send fax copy documents meet customers talk to customers
send emails call people deliver products clean the office
drink coffee/tea make products

We learnt a new word; perks.

A perk of a job means the services a company gives its workers. For example, use of a company car, a company mobile phone, free coffee and tea, a place to sleep.

Here is a list of perks you can find in Japanese companies.


Japanese company perks
company cafeteria company trips health check end of year party
company car free phone paid holidays childcare

Finally we could watch a video on the perks the company Google gives it’s employees.


Wednesday adult class weeks 2 and 3 July 2018

Week 2

Yes / No Questions in the present simple

What is a yes/no question?

A yes / no question is a question where the answer is usually yes or no.

for example: Are you a student at Rising Sun English School?

What is the present simple?

Present simple is used to talk about habits, daily activities, facts, and things you do regularly.

For example

I wake up at around 6 am everyday.

I make breakfast for my family everyday.

I am from Australia.

Nishikori Kei plays tennis.

What is a yes / no question in the simple present?

A yes / no question in the simple present is usually asking a question about your daily activities or about facts.

For example:

Are you a student at Rising Sun English School?

Am I from Australia?

How we do it:

Using the verb be

The verb be in the present simple: is, am, are

It means =.

“I am a student.” means I = student.

How do I make it into a question?

you = student?

Are you a student?

you = on vacation?

Are you on vacation?

They = from Thailand?

Are they from Thailand?

How we do it:

Using other verbs

What is a verb?

A verb is an action word such as run, jump, live, work, etc.

What is the action in this sentence:

I drive to work.

If you said work you are wrong. In this case work is a noun. It means the place I work.

Drive is the action.

How do I make it a question?

We don’t say:

Are you drive to work?

You need to use the help verb do / does.

Do you drive to work?

Does he spend time online?

Do I attend Japanese classes?

In these cases we can just add do or does to the front of the sentence and add a question mark.

Now try the exercises in Stretch 1 page 10 and the grammar on page 83.

Week 3

Do you have a healthy lifestyle?

p 11 of stretch 1.

This reading looks at the results of a class survey. The class had 20 students in it. Read the results and decide if the class is healthy or not.

Now answer the questions yourself.

Are you healthy?

Let’s discuss the survey questions:

Do you think 8 hours is too much sleep?

Do you think it is ok to spend more than three hours a day using a computer or watching TV?

Do you think that you don’t have to walk to work to be a healthy person?

Brainstorm some things you do that are healthy and unhealthy then fill in the gaps D page 11

Week 1 July 2018 Wednesday Adult Class

Wednesday Adult Class

Stretch 1 Unit 2


Listen to the following phone conversation between a man and a woman.


Why did the man phone the woman?

Listen again


Where do they live?

How do they travel to work?

Reading Stretch 1 Unit 2 page 9

Asking follow up questions

When you have a conversation use follow up questions to get more information and continue the conversation.

Ask your partner:

Do you ____ to work? (eg, drive, walk, take the train, etc)

Continue the conversation for as long as you can using follow up questions.